Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

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Biography

Dr. Carolin Aronis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies. She studies race, gender, antisemitism, and Jewish experiences through the intersection of critical media studies, rhetoric, and technologies. Her work focuses on rhetorical and technological systems of hate and exclusion, and on the phenomenology of communication within challenging/impossible settings. Her research on current antisemitism, the exclusionary reconstruction of Jewish motherhood, the politics of liminal architecture, and the communicative practice of writing to the dead via public media has appeared in journals like Cultural Studies,Journal of CommunicationDiscourse & CommunicationIsrael Studies, and Explorations in Media Ecology (see a full list of publications below).  

Dr. Aronis’ current research projects include the violence of swastikas and nooses on U.S. campuses (with Dr. Eric Aoki); the manifestations of racism in the 170-year journey of Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?,” from print to YouTube (with Dr. Natasha Shrikant); and the rhetorical (dis)positioning of antisemitism within the discourse on race and racism. She is also working on a monograph that theorizes liminal architecture (windows, balconies, doors, etc.) through media theory and Jewish ethics, places on the margin, where marginalized and racialized communities enact their in-between identities and sense of belonging. Her work has been recognized in the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, and Western States Communication Association with Top Paper Awards and panels.  

Current courses Dr. Aronis teaches are Ethnicity and the Media (ETST 205), and Introduction to Ethnic Studies (ETST 100). She also plans to teach newly developed courses on the Rhetoric and Violence of Antisemitism and  Longing to Faraway Places.  

Before joining the Ethnic Studies Department, and since 2017, Dr. Aronis has taught extensively at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder on race, gender, identity, communication technologies, and notions and practices of intersectionality, privilege, and oppression in the U.S. society. In 2019-2021 she held a Postdoctoral position at the Department of Communication at CU Boulder. 

Since 2018 she has been active in addressing the situation of the Jewish community on the CSU campus, and in the summer of 2020 was appointed the university Special Advisor on the Prevention of Antisemitism as well as the Co-Chair of the Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism. Currently, she also serves as a member of the Leadership Drafting Committee, setting university transformative goals for Inclusive Excellence.  

In recent years, Dr. Aronis served on the Media Ecology Association executive board, where she was in charge of all communication and media outlets and have led strategic planning and efforts on behalf of the association and field. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015), and worked in Israel as a lecturer at three academic institutions, as a journalist, and as a biographer for Holocaust survivors. She is a third-generation holocaust survivor and identifies as a secular, inclusive and progressive Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jew.  

Publications

Aronis, C. (2021 forthcoming). The smartphone camera and the reconstruction of Jewish maternal intimacy in the digital age. In F. Joy Green & J. McLeod Rogers (Eds.), Mothering/Internet/Kids. Bradford: DEMETER PRESS.

—. (2021). Architectural Liminality: The Communicative Ethics of Balconies and other Urban Passages. Cultural Studies. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2020.1844254Former versions presented in the Philosophy of Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention; Received Top 4 Paper Award in Communication Theory and research, 2020 WSCA Annual Convention

—. (2020). Antisemitism in the U.S.: New media, new semantics, new problems. ETC: A Review of General Semantics, 76 (3-4).

—. (2020 forthcoming). The ‘tweeting’ discourse of balconies and porches in the city: Identity politics and public speaking. In E. McClellan, Y. Shin, & C. Chandler (Eds.) Urban Communication Reader IV: Cities as Communicative Change Agents. New York: Peter Lang.  Presented at the Urban Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention

—. (2019). Reconstructing mothers’ responsibility and guilt: Journalistic coverage of the “Remedia Affair” in Israel. Discourse & Communication, 13(4), 377–397. (https://doi.org/10.1177/1750481319842452) – Lead Article

—. (2019). Communication as travel: The genre of letters to the dead in public media. Explorations in Media Ecology, 18(1–2), 23–42. (https://doi.org/10.1386/eme.18.1-2.23_1) – Received Top Paper Award in Philosophy of Communication, 2019 NCA Annual Convention

—. (2017). Communicative resurrection: Letters to the dead in the Israeli newspaper. Journal of Communication, 67(6), 827–850. (doi:10.1111/jcom.12334) – Lead Article

—. (2014). Between blame and victimization: The maternal discourse in the “Remedia Affair” coverage. Megamot: Behavioral Sciences Journal, 49(3), 576–602. (In Hebrew) http://www.szold.org.il/?CategoryID=294&ArticleID=672

—. (2010). The Tel Aviv balcony: A space of urban politics, establishing identity and communication. Social Issues in Israel, 10, 29-54. (In Hebrew)
https://www.jstor.org/stable/23389145?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

—. (2009). The balconies of Tel Aviv: Cultural history and urban politics. Journal of Israel Studies, 14(3), 157–180. https://www.jstor.org/stable/30245877?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

Reprinted in M. Azaryahu & S. I. Troen (Eds.) (2011), Tel-Aviv, the first century: Visions, designs, actualities (pp. 348-372). Indiana University Press.
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt16gzj6q

Book Review

Aronis, C. (2018). Review of—Communication and the Baseball Stadium: Community, Commodification, fanship, and memory (Urban Communication Series), by Dale Herbeck and Susan Drucker (eds.). Explorations in Media Ecology, 17(4), 515-518.
(doi: 10.1386/eme.17.4.499_5)

First Generation Story

Dr. Aronis is a first generation college graduate (the first in her family to earn B.A., Master’s, and Doctoral degrees) and is a first generation professor on the tenure track.  
 
Her maternal grandparents left their schools at the age of 11 and 13 in Eastern Poland running away from the Nazis and never acquired full proper (basic) education. Her own parents graduated from high school (in Israel and in Greece), though many of their friends did not. When her mother was 31 years old, she decided to pursue a college degree in the evenings at the Open University and for the first time in her life owned a desk and a typewriter. Though her mother did not end up graduating from college, she shared ideas and experiences from those courses with Dr. Aronis, later on inspiring her own scholarship.  As a single parent, Dr. Aronis’ mother sometimes took her daughter to lectures with her. One of Dr. Aronis’ sweetest childhood memories is falling asleep to the sound of her mother’s working typewriter.